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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5025 on: November 22, 2017, 07:30:25 pm »
A Jay , a buzzard , a massive flock of rooks and several squirrels  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Kim

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5026 on: November 22, 2017, 11:57:17 pm »
Mk 1 shitehawk.  Flying backwards.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5027 on: December 03, 2017, 05:09:10 pm »
Green woodpecker, tree creeper around Aoxon towers.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5028 on: December 05, 2017, 05:24:45 pm »
Very torpid slowworm on Little Haven slipway. NOT an animal you would expect to see in December!
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5029 on: December 06, 2017, 06:12:10 pm »
That is why it was a very slow worm.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5030 on: December 13, 2017, 03:30:26 pm »
Over the last few days a Buzzard, several kites, a field fare, a green woodpecker, and yesterday 5 hares in the field behind the house, standing out against the snow.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5031 on: December 13, 2017, 06:23:43 pm »
A Jay , a green woodpecker and a kingfisher today  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5032 on: December 14, 2017, 07:47:01 pm »
21 Black Grouse (3 blackcock and 18 greyhens)  and about 30 fieldfares.

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5033 on: December 16, 2017, 03:03:19 pm »
Female blackcap on the feeders - a first for us.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5034 on: December 16, 2017, 03:06:05 pm »
mistle thrush in our mistletoe

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5035 on: December 16, 2017, 03:15:43 pm »
Robin redbreast on the watering can by our kitchen door.
Felt guilty there was no cat food out for him as he seems to like this.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5036 on: December 16, 2017, 03:31:48 pm »
Massive f’in rat - in the back gardenette. It then had a fight with one of the resident squirrels. All residual bird food now removed and perusal of rat traps has commenced on Amazon. Cat has now appeared - it hasn’t a hope against that rat, as I am sure it understands, so presumably it regards the rat as just a Creature of Interest.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5037 on: December 16, 2017, 03:40:23 pm »
Massive f’in rat - in the back gardenette. It then had a fight with one of the resident squirrels. All residual bird food now removed and perusal of rat traps has commenced on Amazon. Cat has now appeared - it hasn’t a hope against that rat, as I am sure it understands, so presumably it regards the rat as just a Creature of Interest.
Worth checking out what your council does, regarding vermin?
Mine came and laid poison.
Maybe a landlord issue....
Removing the bird food is probably a good idea.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5038 on: December 16, 2017, 04:53:02 pm »
Cheers Jurek. I see that Richmond Council uses SDK Environmental / Dial-a-pest and in their extensive ToC* I can see that if I go down that route, my bird feeders will have to go entirely. I’m a bit reluctant to do that but I might come round to it. I’d rather have my bird feeders + a dead rat. There is very little bird food on the ground. I’ll confess that Mr. Rat has only appeared since I started putting some seeds and nuts on the ground for those birds that don’t use the elevated feeders. This I have stopped as of today.


Also noted in the ToC: there are things called Glis Glis, and they are a right bloody nuisance.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5039 on: December 16, 2017, 05:08:38 pm »
We found a dead one right in front of the house last week. Folk with chickens round here put down poison, then the rats go and die where other folks' dogs can find them and get poisoned in turn. When I was a kid in Norn Iron we lost out family dog that way.   Fortunately ours didn't find this one.

A bit happier: saw a Great Egret on my ride today.  They touch down here to feed when they're migrating so this one won't be staying, but it'll probably be back next spring. Sometimes they'll stay a while - we had one a couple of years back that terrorized the local sticklebacks for a week.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5040 on: December 16, 2017, 05:24:07 pm »
We found a dead one right in front of the house last week. Folk with chickens round here put down poison, then the rats go and die where other folks' dogs can find them and get poisoned in turn. When I was a kid in Norn Iron we lost out family dog that way.   Fortunately ours didn't find this one.

For that reason I really don’t want to involve any pest controller that is going to use poison. Presumably there is no way of preventing other animals being exposed to it.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5041 on: December 19, 2017, 01:47:25 pm »
The rat has not been seen since, as there has been no bird food on the ground. However, I feel the need to put out a trap. I can see where it lives: there is a gap between the back wall that runs along all the back gardens on the street and the end of the neighbour's extension. What is the best trap to get? 

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5042 on: December 21, 2017, 01:12:30 pm »
In Priory Park: a kingfisher - the second sighting this week! Quite excited by that.

Greater spotted woodpeckers, one drumming. Saw 3 in the same tree earlier in the week.

A pair of small grebes on the lake catching tiny roach. I suspect that they are little grebes, but in winter plumage, black-necked and Slavonian can't be ruled out.
Basses lower the tone.

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5043 on: December 22, 2017, 11:09:55 am »
Otter in the harbour just now  :)

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5044 on: December 26, 2017, 02:07:20 pm »
Just had a red kite circling Fort Larrington; first time I've seen one in these parts.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5045 on: January 05, 2018, 02:58:38 pm »
The rat has not been seen since, as there has been no bird food on the ground. However, I feel the need to put out a trap. I can see where it lives: there is a gap between the back wall that runs along all the back gardens on the street and the end of the neighbour's extension. What is the best trap to get? 

As the rat has been seen a couple of times since the above, I tried this trap:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roshield-External-Snap-Trap-Control/dp/B00XL33EB0/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1515164463&sr=8-1&keywords=Roshield+External+Rat+Snap+Trap

Result when using "rodent attractant" as bait: trap sprung, bait partially gone, no rat. Could have been slugs but doubt it.

Result when using my very popular "peanut wedged in cashew nut butter" recipe: suspiciously squirrel-sized holes have been chewed at each end of the outer box, trap has been sprung, bait eaten (twice). No rat. Trap in bin. In any case the last thing I want is to attract non-rats to the bait.

What I really need here is an air rifle but given that I don't have one, any suggestions?

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5046 on: January 06, 2018, 03:34:29 pm »
Hundreds of geese about today in the Northron wastes. Also some curlews in a field.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5047 on: January 08, 2018, 04:12:52 pm »
A redwing and a song thrush in a loose association with some blackbirds in and around my back garden. I was more surprised to see the song thrush as we can go for years without seeing one.
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

fuaran

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5048 on: January 08, 2018, 04:28:37 pm »
A treecreeper, creeping up a tree. First one I've seen in years.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5049 on: January 08, 2018, 06:40:56 pm »
Magpies ,pigeons,blackbirds,a pair of wagtails,a crow,some rooks two buzzards and some red kites  :)
the slower you go the more you see